By Jesse P. Karlsberg

Tune Name and DescriptionFirst LineFiles
Home in Heaven. 7s. (2007) • major folk hymn • 6/4 time Though the world may me disown, pdfmp3
Hamrick. 7s. (2006–7) • major plain tune • 3/4 time Lord, I would be as Thou art; pdfmp3mp3
Sweetest Joys. C.P.M. (2012) • major folk hymn • 6/4 time Say, mighty Love, and teach my song, pdf
Waddell Street. C.M. (2014) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time O land of rest for thee I sigh: pdf
Akerman. L.P.M. (2012) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, pdf
Compassion. S.M. (2007–9) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time What is it keeps me back, pdfmp3
Farewell Brethren. C.M. (2010) • major plain tune • 3/4 time Brethren, I bid you all farewell, pdfmp3
Now I Was Free. (2005–9) • major ode • 4/4 time I looked at my hand to see if … pdf
A Glimpse of Thee. L.M. (2009) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace pdfmp3
Middletown. L.M.D. (2008) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time Broad is the road that leads to death pdf
Trembling Spirit. S.M. (2018) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time And am I born to die? pdf
Gadsden. L.M.D. (2013) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray, pdfmp3
Clinton. C.M. (2010) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Let every mortal ear attend, pdf
Anniston. L.M. (2013) • major plain tune • 4/4 time Sweet is the day of sacred rest, pdfmp3
Norfolk. S.M. (2012) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time My days are as the grass pdf
Heavenly Choir. 10s & 11s. (2010) • minor part song • 2/4 time Ye heavenly choir, assist me to sing, pdfmp3
Ceresa. C.P.M. (2010) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Thou God of harmony and love, pdfmp3
Aaron's Beard. (2012) • major anthem • multiple modes of time Behold, how good and how pleasant it is pdf
Moreland. L.M. (2016) • major plain tune • 3/4 time I am a stranger here below, pdf
Prayer of Faith. S.M. (2007) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Hungry, and faint, and poor pdf
Everlasting Lines. C.M.D. (2018) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time Wise, just, and righteous are thy ways; pdf
Newton. C.M. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time In vain I trace creation o'er pdfmp3
Ezekiel's Vision. (2014) • major anthem • multiple modes of time I beheld, and lo a likeness as … pdf
Auburndale. C.M.D. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time O for a thousand tongues to sing pdfmp3
Lee. C.M. (2013–14) • minor plain tune • 3/4 time Not from the dust affliction grows, pdf
Rutherfordton. 11s. (2013–14) • major folk hymn • 4/4 time O Jesus, my Savior, I know thou art mine, pdf
Peachtree. 11s & 8s. (2015–16) • major plain tune • 2/4 time Ye objects of sense and enjoyments of time, pdf
Dearborn. S.P.M. (2008) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time When men of mischief rise pdfmp3
Saint's Reward. L.P.M. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time For ever blessed be the Lord, pdfmp3
Worship. 8s & 7s. (2009) • major camp meeting tune • 2/4 time Brethren, we have met to worship, pdfmp3mp3
Choccolocco. L.M. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time I am a stranger here below, pdfmp3
Meditation. L.M. (2010) • minor fuging tune • 3/2 time My God, permit me not to be
 pdf
Błazej. S.M. (2008) • major part song • 2/4 time My Maker and my King, pdf
Wilscot. S.M. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Blest are the sons of peace, pdfmp3
Eagle Lake. 8s & 7s. (2009) • minor folk hymn • 6/4 time Dark and thorny is the desert pdfmp3
Douglasville. C.M.D. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time Eternal Sun of righteousness, pdf

About Jesse P.

I have been composing music in the styles of the Sacred Harp since 2003. I have learned about writing music from Raymond C. Hamrick, P. Dan Brittain, and Neely Bruce as well as from my fellow tune writers from the Northeastern United States, especially Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, and Lauren Bock. My tunes "Hamrick," "Newton," and "Clinton" are included in the Northern Harmony (Fifth Edition, 2012). Another tune of mine, "A Glimpse of Thee," is included in The Sacred Harp (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012) with an alternate text under the name "National Blessings." Two more songs, "Douglasville" and "Wilscot," are included in The Shenandoah Harmony (2013). Seven songs of mine are included in issues of The Trumpet (2011–2014).

Much of my inspiration has come from studying the music of composers whose songs are in The Sacred Harp. I am particularly fond of the songs in our book by Daniel Read, William Walker, E. J. King, Sarah Lancaster, J. P. and H. S. Rees, and O. A. Parris.

I sing tenor and bass at Sacred Harp singings in Georgia, Alabama, and beyond. I serve as vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, and as a member of the committee revising the tunebook. I also edit The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter and serve as director of research for the Publishing Company's Sacred Harp Museum. I teach regularly at Camp Fasola, an annual summer camp for learning Sacred Harp singing and traditions. I research and write on the history and social context of Sacred Harp singing and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the subject titled "Folklore's Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing."

I would appreciate any feedback about these tunes. Please feel free to e-mail me at jesse@jpkarlsberg.com.

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